#144 – Good Habits & More Plants

Even though I woke up with a headache this morning and even though I still have a headache now as I’m writing this, I generally feel better…

I feel better, because for the past week to 10 days, I’ve been committed to eating a more plant-based diet.

And I feel like it’s working.

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight. Not so much yet, I guess. But I definitely feel like something’s happening in my gut and with my digestive system.

I feel better after a meal…I don’t get any stomach aches afterwards and generally think the way my stomach fills up after a meal feels better. I still get a little bloated from time to time. But more importantly, the food seems to be moving along much better, quicker and easier.

I mean, I’m pooping a lot better and (believe me), that is a big deal. Not to brag or anything, but today is the 3rd time in a week that I’ve pooped twice in a day and for me…that never happens.

And if I can commit fully to this kind of lifestyle, I know that it’s just a matter of time before my body and entire system resets and finds its perfect resting place.

So far today, I’ve had green, plant-based meals. I am still kind of trying to find a healthy balance with regards to portion size, because I feel like I’m making (and eating) too much in one meal. But I guess it’s still okay, since I’m eating low-calorie foods.

There’s much to learn and to practice.

For breakfast I had a green smoothie bowl with:

  • Banana (2 small)
  • Spinach (3 balls)
  • Arugula (a handful)
  • Sunflower seeds (about 1 tbsp)
  • Almond/rice milk (about 1 cup)
  • Matcha powder (about 1 tsp)
  • Hemp seeds (about 1 cup)

Topped with coconut and hazelnuts. It was super delicious!

I really love spinach. I bought frozen spinach at the supermarket yesterday and they come in these little balls – perfect for smoothies! I also bought a lot of bananas that I immediately peeled, cut in half (or thirds) and froze in a zip lock bag.

For lunch I made a veggie burrito with:

  • Carrot (1 medium, grated)
  • Zucchini (about 1-2 cups)
  • Pumpkin seeds (about 1 tbsp)
  • Pinto beans (a little less than 1 cup)
  • Veggie cheese (about 1-2 tbsp)
  • Hummus (about 1-2 tbsp)
  • Avocado (a few slices)
  • Salt, pepper and turmeric to taste

Fried in coconut oil (1 tsp) and wrapped in a burrito.

For dinner I’ll make some basmati rice with veggies…probably like a fried rice. We have some pork that I’ll mix in there as well.

Even though I’m working on eating mainly plant-based, I still want to eat some meat in order to get vitamin B12. I know I could take a supplement, but I tried that a little over a year ago (based on the recommendation of a friend who is a nutritionist!) and it gave me ACNE!!! I’ve been fighting for more than a year to get the acne under control, and even though I hardly have any problems today, I still get the occasional acne on my neck, which leaves really ugly marks and scars.

So, no more vitamin B supplements for me!

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